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The need of the hour is to strengthen the hands of President Rajapakse to fight terrorism – A. L. M. Athaullah

AthaullahA. L. M. Athaullah, leader of the National Congress and Minister of Water Supply and Drainage, told the “Asian Tribune” that his party realized the need to strengthen the hands of President Mahinda Rajapakse at this critical hour in the fight against terrorism and was glad to nominate Basil Rajapakse, the President’s brother, from their national list to Parliament. The vacancy in the national list was caused by the death of Anwar Ismail , former state minister for Irrigation and one of the leaders of the National Congress. Basil Rajapakse is today nominated as a parliamentarian of the National Congress,” said Athaullah when "Asian Tribune" contacted him.

The People and their Leaders

By Tisaranee Gunasekara

The leaders would do well to listen to the people. The most holistic, nuanced, rational and sensible set of opinions on the North-East issue was expressed by a Sinhala and Muslim majority in an opinion poll carried out by the Marga Institute (on behalf of the National Peace Council). The poll was conducted in the provinces outside of the North-East and the Ampara district; it was therefore reflective of non-Tamil opinion. According to the poll, 99% do not want the war to continue. But this "does not" indicate a desire to return to a policy of appeasement vis-à-vis the LTTE – because 77% of the respondents believe the government should act on the basis that the LTTE will not give up the goal of an independent state of Tamil Eelam, and will not enter the democratic process. "The majority of the Sinhala and Muslim people therefore oppose the war while understanding its inevitability, given the maximalist nature of the Tigers." Though not for war, they are not for appeasement either; they know that with the LTTE no amount of appeasement will work.

H. L. D. Mahindapala traces the decline of Velupillai Prabhkaran’s power leading to Thoppigala –the new symbol of national pride

If the year 2004 was bad for Velupillai Prabhakaran then the year 2005 was worse. The first crack in the seemingly indivisible monolith of the LTTE appeared in April 2004 when Karuna, his most able commander, broke away asserting his own regional rights in the east. There were other factors like personal rivalries as well that made them lock horns. But the underlying factor of regional differences between the northern and eastern Tamils surfaced once again to divide the Tamil separatists.

United States Congress and State Department: A joint ‘Life Line’ to Sri Lanka’s Tamil Tigers

Daya Gamage – US Bureau Asian Tribune Analysis

The United States’ policy toward Sri Lanka’s crisis is one that has given the separatist Tamil Tiger outfit, Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE), a life line for survival, not just recently, but for a very long time. The pronouncements of leading Congressmen and State Department officials from time to time vis-à-vis Sri Lanka situation, the policies placed both by the American lawmakers and the administration’s foreign policy executor the Department of State, the total indifference to the plight of Sri Lanka in the hands of a ruthless terrorist movement and the U.S. actions that have placed the ‘Tamil issue’ on the lap of the Tamil Tigers have undoubtedly given Sri Lankan separatists a solid life line.

President Rajapaksa’s speech at UN: Is Sri Lanka at the threshold of peace?

By Raj Gonsalkorale

President Mahinda Rajapaksa is due to deliver his address to this year's UN General Assembly 25th of this month. There is much anticipation that he will outline the principles of a political solution to the conflict that has sapped the energy and the blood of the country, killing thousands of its citizens in the process, preventing the country from realizing its full potential as a vibrant, free and democratic economic force in the region. While all communities have suffered as a result of terrorism unleashed by the LTTE and its leader Prabakaran, those who have suffered most are the Tamils themselves. They surely must have very little to thank for the misery and hardship they have been undergoing for decades under their so called liberators, the LTTE.

Share market indices remain volatile on thin volumes

By Quintus Perera – Asian Tribune

HNB Stockbrokers in their weekly review indicated that the week started on a positive note with market gaining by 4.76 points on Monday, but failed to keep up the momentum as both the indices slipped on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday as investors were looking to take profits after gains made during the last few weeks. Both indices turned positive again on Friday as investors searched for bargain hunting opportunities. Overall during the week All Share Price Index (ASPI) shed 47.5 points or 1.81 percent to close at 2584.8 points on Friday while the fall in the Milanka Price Index (MPI) was by 64.6 points or 1.80 percent to 3518.6 points.

Libyan unwarranted interference: Bangladesh ‘Should merge with India’ - 3

By T R Sharma-contributing for Asian tribune

Ramesh Thakur writes :The destiny of Asia in this century will be shaped by the triangular relationship between China, India, and Japan. The 'strategic footprint' of that triangle will cover the world. Cooperation between them will help to anchor peace and prosperity in Asia. Rivalry and conflict will roil the world. Japan is the economic powerhouse that is slowly but surely shaking off the shackles on the deployment of its military forces overseas in the cause of international peace. China and India, each nuclear armed and with a billion people, are the heartland of the world. Their phenomenal growth over the last decade in particular has acted as southern engines of growth for the whole world.

“Work together to put the national interest first” - Urges Ambassador Robert Blake

Robert BlakeUS Ambassador in Colombo expressed confidence that Sri Lanka’s conflict is in reach and asserted that it will require Government and parties to work together to put the national interest first. Ambassador Robert Blake assured that the United States, as a friend of Sri Lanka and a Co-Chair, stands ready to assist in any way it can. Ambassador Blake was Speaking at seminar on "Sri Lanka: the Way Forward," sponsored by the U.S.-Sri Lanka Fulbright Commission and the Fulbright Alumni Association of Sri Lanka, held at the Galle Face Hotel, Colombo on Friday (21 September). He in his address underlined that the Government of Sri Lanka has achieved some important victories in the last several months. He added the expulsion of the LTTE from the East and the recent sinking of several LTTE ships carrying arms and other provisions mark important military successes recently achieved by the Government of Sri Lanka.

Nawaloka Hospitals notch 22nd milestone

By Quintus Perera - Asian Tribune

Nawaloka Hospitals celebrating their 22nd anniversary last week had a series of events felicitating 52 personnel who have faithfully served the institution for the last 22 years, and presented various awards for exceptional performance at the Hospital. The grand main celebration that took place at the Nawaloka Hospital premises with the presence of its founding ‘father’ Chairman, H K Dharmadasa, felicitating and honouring the Chairman took the centre-place. There were anniversary cake cutting, capping of 35 student nurses, awarding scholarships for two children of the employees for university studies, releasing 1500 balloons to the air with vouchers worth Rs 2,500 attached to each of the balloons.

Food for thought for law makers

By M. Rama Rao - Syndicate Features

Though the monsoon session of Parliament ended on the usual acrimonious note, our lawmakers will do well to read the findings of a study carried out by National Social Watch Coalition (NSWC). Titled ‘Citizens Report on Governance and Development 2007’ it calls for far reaching reforms in the working of Parliament to end ‘trivialization’ of the legislature process. Expectedly, it makes out a strong case for bringing to an early end to the presence in the legislature of representatives who have criminalized the political process. Another recommendation, which should be of interest to Planning Commission and the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO), is related to development disparities and poor delivery system.

President Rajapakse arrives in New York

A. L. M. Athaullah

Nawaloka Hospital

Sri Lanka President Rajapakse arrives in New York

President Rajapakse arrives in New YorkPresident Mahinda Rajapakse arrived to New York yesterday to attend the 62nd annual session of the United Nations General Assembly. The President is accompanied by his wife Shiranthi Rajapakse. President Mahinda Rajapakse will address the 62nd annual session of the United Nations General Assembly in New York on September 25. He is also scheduled to address the Heads of States on September 25 at 3 p.m. (New York time) on national issues, plans and suggestions to overcome terrorism of the LTTE. President Rajapakse will visit the Buddhist Viharaya in New York tomorrow and on September 25 will attend a cocktail reception with President George Bush.